Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father Francis has appointed Rev. Maurice Nyunt Wai, of the clergy of Pathein, currently parish priest of the Sacred Heart Church, Myaungmya, as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Mawlamyine (Myanmar). His Exc. Msgr. Maurice Nyunt Wai was born on January 23, 1962 in Myaungmya in the Diocese of Pathein. After attending the Minor Seminary and secondary school in Pathein, he continued his studies at the Major Seminary in Yangon, while attending distance courses in art and science at the University of Yangon (1980-1987). Later, he specialized at the Alphonsian Academy in Rome, earning a Doctorate in Theology (1997-2002).
He was ordained a priest on March 11, 1989 and incardinated in the Diocese of Pathein. He has held the following positions: Assistant in the Parish of Myaungmya (1989-1992); Professor in the Major Seminary in Pyin Oo Lwin (1992-1997); Parish priest in Pathein (2002-2003); Rector of the Minor Seminary in Mayanchaung (2003-2004); Vicar General and Parish Priest of St. Peter's Cathedral Church in Pathein (2005-2013); Executive Secretary of the Bishops' Conference of Myanmar, CBCM (2013-2019); Parish priest of the Sacred Heart Church (since 2019) and Dean of the pastoral area of Myaungmya. Furthermore, he is Secretary of the Episcopal Commission for theological issues. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 22/2/2022)